The State Of Nigerian Democracy

FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, Nigerian President elect, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari left for London on Jan. 19 on a month-long medical leave he handed power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a 59-year-old lawyer and pastor who has been empowered to attack the country's problems with an energy that has surprised observers and led some to suggest he should stay in charge for good.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
In this photo from 2015, then Nigerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari left for London on Jan. 19 on a month-long medical leave he handed power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a 59-year-old lawyer and pastor who has been empowered to attack the country's problems with an energy that has surprised observers and led some to suggest he should stay in charge for good. Sunday Alamba / AP Photo
FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, Nigerian President elect, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari left for London on Jan. 19 on a month-long medical leave he handed power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a 59-year-old lawyer and pastor who has been empowered to attack the country's problems with an energy that has surprised observers and led some to suggest he should stay in charge for good.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
In this photo from 2015, then Nigerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari left for London on Jan. 19 on a month-long medical leave he handed power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a 59-year-old lawyer and pastor who has been empowered to attack the country's problems with an energy that has surprised observers and led some to suggest he should stay in charge for good. Sunday Alamba / AP Photo

The State Of Nigerian Democracy

In January, Nigeria’s president flew to London and never returned to his country. President Muhammadu  Buhari was supposed to undergo routine medical checkups but disappeared from public view for weeks.

The rumor will went crazy. Eventually, photos were released to prove he was still alive, but he has yet to return to Nigeria and no one knows exactly what is wrong with him. 

In the meantime, the vice president has gone to work in his place, as the country faces an economic recession. We talk about the state of Nigeria’s democracy, how its domestic politics might impact its relationship with the U.S. and ongoing security concerns about the extremist group Boko Haram with Ambassador John Campbell, a senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Wale Adebanwi, a professor at the University of California Davis .